Today's News

  • Leger receives Glass Flame Award

    Submitted to the Optic

    RODEO, N.M. — The New Mexico Association of Counties Board of Directors honored San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger with the prestigious Glass Flame Award during dinner in Rodeo, N.M. on Oct. 13.

    The Glass Flame Award is given in recognition of members’ outstanding leadership and dedication to NMAC and the people of New Mexico.

  • Workers’ comp rates to decrease in 2017

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico employers could see a decrease in their insurance costs for on-the-job injuries and deaths.

    The state Office of Superintendent of Insurance says a key factor in calculating individual employers’ workers’ compensation costs will drop by an average of 9 percent in 2017.

    The office says this is the second consecutive year in which businesses will see an average decrease in the so-called “pure premium.”

  • Correction - Oct. 26, 2016
  • Looking Back - Oct. 26, 2016

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1966 — The Safeway Store in Las Vegas announced price reductions on five items Monday. The reductions were on margarine, Lucerne Milk, Carnation Milk, Cream Pies and Maryland Club coffee. The margarine price was reduced from 35 cents to 31 cents. Lucerne Milk for six cans is now 82 cents, down from 89. Maryland Club coffee was reduced from 85 cents to 69 cents.

  • Weather - Oct. 26, 2016


    HIGH 73° / LOW 44°
    Sunny, with a high near 73. North wind around 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    7:18 a.m. to 6:11 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 48°
    Sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    7:18 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - Oct. 26, 2016

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    5 to 8 p.m.
    The 17th Annual College Night will take place at Highlands University’s Student Union Building ballroom. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call Highlands at 454-3594 or Luna at 454-2550.

  • Vote yes on GO bonds

    There’s a great deal at stake during the Nov. 8 General Election, and we’re not just referring to the races for president, secretary of state and local legislative and congressional seats.

    New Mexico voters will also decide the fate of four general obligation bonds, one for senior citizen centers, one for libraries, one for higher education institutions across the state and another for public safety projects.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Oct. 26, 2016
  • Work of Art: The solemnity of football

    Seldom do I read a column that I couldn’t agree with more. I’m referring to a commentary in the Washington Post by Dan Steinberg, in which he deplores excessive enjoyment of sports.

    All of this reminds me of a fear some church members have which they believe applies not to themselves but to everyone else. The essence is that some people lose sleep over their fear that members of other churches might be having fun, enjoying life.

  • Another Perspective: Essential bail reform on Nov. 8 ballot

    By Charles W. Daniels

    This year, the Legislature unanimously agreed to place on our general election ballot one of the most significant justice reforms in our state’s history. The question we will vote on is whether to amend antiquated bail provisions of the New Mexico Constitution in order “to protect community safety by granting courts new authority to deny release on bail pending trial for dangerous defendants in felony cases while retaining the right to pretrial release for non-dangerous defendants who do not pose a flight risk.”